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University of Maryland Eastern Shore

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is a land-grant, historically black college founded in 1886 as the Delaware Conference Academy. Since its beginning, the institution has had several name changes and governing bodies. It was Maryland State College from 1948 until 1970, when it became one of the five campuses that formed the University of Maryland. In 1988, it became a member of the then eleven campus (now thirteen) University of Maryland System, now known as the University System of Maryland .

UMES is approved by the state of Maryland and fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

National Alumni Chapter


Established around 1947 when it was still known as Maryland State College, the UMES National Alumni Association is the official representative body for more than 11,000 UMES alumni in Maryland and throughout the world. At UMES, you’re a “Flying Hawk from Day One.”  Just like the university itself, UMES alumni are a lot of things.

The goal of the Alumni Association is to serve the interests of alumni through educational, charitable, social, or cultural programs and involve alumni in the promotion of UMES.